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The 1976 Cardinal Stritch girls basketball team, Class AA state semifinalists, was inducted into the school’s hall of fame at a banquet in December. That year remains Stritch’s only appearance at the girls basketball state tournament.

The team was coached by Marianne Herrick team members were Sue Hardin, Barb Jaeger, Chris Galla, Jill Wlodarz, Kay McGuire, Sue Hoeflinger, Vickie Utter, Jan LaPlant, Amy Cooley, Sheri McQueary, Libby Lucas, and Cindy Donahue.

Several of the players on the team excelled at multiple sports and continued their athletic careers into college and coaching.

Sheri (McQueary) Kelly was a member of the girls varsity basketball team all fours years — co‐captain both her junior and senior years. She received Second Team All City Honors her junior years, and her senior year she received All City Honors, All Academic Team, All District First Team, Most Valuable Player, Co‐captain for the first ever girls state basketball tournament team, and was voted the Most Athletic Female in the senior class of 1976.

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Not only was she a four‐year varsity basketball player, she  on the track team for three years and on the softball team her junior year,  After graduation, Kelly attended The University of Toledo, playing basketball for two years.

Cindy (Donahue) Brown (Class of 1979), an underclassman on the 1976 squad, kept the girls basketball tradition going. She earned 10 varsity letters, and All‐City honors in basketball, volleyball, and track. During her junior year, she helped lead her basketball team to the Blue Division championship, a 1978 City Championship, and made it to the regional finals.

The Lady Cardinals won the Blue Division championship in 1979, made it to the regional finals, but fell short in the city championship. In 1979 the volleyball team won the sectional tournament and was district runners‐up in 1979. She was also runner‐up in the discus throw in the 1979 City League Track Championship, while setting a new school record.

Brown was inducted into The Toledo City League Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 4, 2013. After high school, she attended The University of Toledo on a basketball scholarship and was a two year starting wing guard for the Lady Rockets. During her senior year, the Lady Rockets had their first 20 win season.

In 1981, Brown played on the very first University of Toledo Rockets softball team where she was a starting centerfielder. After graduating from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education degree, Cindy joined the UT women’s basketball coaching staff for two years as a student assistant coach.

She also coached girls’ varsity basketball and softball at Northwood from 1987-92, as well as freshman volleyball at Waite. Her basketball teams at Northwood would win two sectional titles and finished as a district runner‐up.

Brown did coach her sons’ t‐ball teams and fifth and sixth grade basketball teams and watched them play sports while attending Clay.

Susan (Hardin) Wood ’77 participated in track and basketball all fours years at CSCHS. She also participated in volleyball her senior year,  voted Class Athlete in 1977, received the Athletic Achievement Award from Coach & Athlete Magazine, and was nominated as Outstanding Athlete of the Year for 1976‐77 High School Athletics Yearbook.

After graduation, Wood attended The University of Toledo and was a member of the junior varsity volleyball team, and varsity basketball team, as well as the club softball team. She also attended Owens Community College on an athletic scholarship and was a member of the varsity basketball team.

While attending Stritch, Vickie (Utter) Honner’s  (1976) athletic accomplishments were numerous. Upon graduation, Honner was the first female Athletic Scholarship recipient for women’s basketball at Owens Community College, where she played from 1976-78.

Honner was also the Fast Pitch Softball National team pitcher and first baseman for the travel team out of Toledo, placing fourth in Ntionals. From 1978 until the present time, she is a player/coach for slow pitch women’s and co‐ed softball teams.

From 1992 through 2005, she was the little league baseball coach and board member for Perrysburg Amateur Baseball/Softball Commission, as well as a committee member for the Parks and Recreation board for the City of Perrysburg.

Coach Marianne Herrick is a graduate of The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Eduction.

While at Stritch, in addition to teaching physical education and health, Herrick coached girls basketball and track, and acted as Sophomore Class Moderator.

She coached the girls basketball team to a fourth place finish in the State Championship

Invitational Tournament during the 1974‐75 season, boasted a 13‐5 overall record in 1975‐76,
making them Sectional Champions, District Champions, Regional Champions and State Semi‐Finalist.

At the end of the year they also played in the City League Championship Runner‐ Up game where they placed fourth overall. In 1978, the Lady Cardinals won the City League Title with a 16‐3 record and during the 1978‐79 season, they posted a 17‐5 record.  Herrick was selected as District All‐Star Coach for the 1977‐78 and 1978‐79 seasons.

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